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Minimum Standards Criteria Audit results

29 April 2013

  • RFU Board ratifies findings of independent criteria report
  • Audit states Bedford Blues do not meet entry criteria for Aviva Premiership
Newcastle Falcons

Photo: RFU Archive

The Rugby Football Union’s Board of Directors has considered the findings of the independent audit report requested by semi-finalists Bedford Blues, Leeds Carnegie, Newcastle Falcons and Nottingham Rugby, which determines a club’s eligibility for promotion to the Aviva Premiership in line with the Minimum Standards Criteria (MSC).

The report, carried out by independent auditors PMP Legacy, found that Leeds Carnegie, Newcastle Falcons and Nottingham Rugby have successfully met the Minimum Standards Criteria for entry into the Aviva Premiership, while Bedford Blues failed to meet the MSC.

The RFU Board ratified the findings.

Bedford Blues have the right to appeal and must do so within 14 days of receiving the Board of Directors’ decision.

The Minimum Standards Criteria are set by the Professional Game Board (PGB) – a joint group from the RFU, Premiership Rugby, RFU Championship clubs and the Rugby Players Association.


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